Hey everybody, Happy New Year!
I’ve been MIA for awhile due to some lovely anxiety that decided to wreak havoc on me after that nasty viral bronchitis. At least I believe it’s been anxiety….it’s been quite a puzzle to figure out what the heck is sidelining me. I think I’ve finally determined the cause.
Right after Thanksgiving, I was diagnosed with viral bronchitis. That $hit knocked me on me arse! Usually, I am still quite active during an illness but this one felt like a time-warping gravitational pull confining me to the couch. And I didn’t care. See? THAT was the kicker. I did not give a flying hooha about anyone, anything, any deadline, any paycheck, nothing.
After a few weeks, I finally felt well enough to start working out. Two minutes on the elliptical, the chest pain returned and my energy level catapulted downward. Around Christmas, I felt pretty good again however, the cold air here in Michigan left my chest hurting so I worked out but without the cardio. Had to maintain the muscle or the 42-year-old body (monster) would start consuming it again .
December 26 I woke with a pain within the left side of my chest. The pain radiated out toward my left arm. Both of my parents have/had heart diseases. Obviously, I was pretty darn scared. Couldn’t get into my doc due to the holidays so I saw his P.A. who ran an E.K.G. and declared my heart fine. Whew! Number 1 reason I work out is to avoid those heart issues. My B.P. is always nice and low, cholesterol is excellent, etc. Stress is usually my culprit.
I had to use deductive reasoning to figure this out. You see, the pain didn’t stop, I couldn’t sleep and I was getting desperate to find the cause and alleviate the pain so I could rest. My daughters and I moved here 1.5 years ago to be with my hubby. My house is STILL up for sale and the window to sell is closing which means foreclosure/bankruptcy.
You must understand I have had to get a grip on stress when my first hubs died. I had started developing Bell’s Palsy and high blood pressure. My face tingled, my cheekbone ached and I felt like the world was spinning out of control. Thankfully, I started running. Between the physical activity and the funny mind-over-matter scenarios I imagined when I stressed, it’s been manageable.
It’s been 16 days and I still feel pain but I am resting better. Not sleeping all night yet but I’m getting there. I am convinced that the sudden stopping of my physical activity when I had bronchitis helped open the door for that sneaky criminal called Stress. Never fear, I’m kicking him out after I knock out this next workout .